Inside Rensselaer
Purchasing Department Wins Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
Imagine overseeing more than 4,000 purchases totaling $120 million each year. Then, imagine doing it so well that you receive one of the most prestigious awards in your field.

That’s precisely the case for Rensselaer’s Purchasing Department, which recently was named a recipient of the 2007 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award. The award recognizes public and nonprofit organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement based on innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership.

“This award is among the most respected in the procurement field,” said Ann Crislip, director of materials management. “It signifies that the innovations we’ve made in recent years are recognized beyond Rensselaer, by our peers at other institutions.”

The AEP award was presented to Paul W. Martin, assistant vice president for administration, during the National Association of Educational Procurement
Conference this spring. Other 2007 recipients include California Polytechnic University, California State University, Iowa State University, Old Dominion
University, Princeton University, San Jose State University, University of Arizona, University of Louisville, and University of Notre Dame.

Rensselaer was honored, in part, for its user-friendly Online Shopping Cart at Rensselaer (OSCAR) e-procurement system. OSCAR’s one-stop shopping and point-and-click requisitioning have resulted in faster, more accurate, and more efficient ordering and delivery.

Rensselaer’s P-Card corporate credit card program also streamlines the purchasing process. The preferred method of payment for small dollar orders and business travel, the P-Card simplifies the request, acquisition, receipt, and payment of goods and services by Rensselaer employees. Last year, P-Card program transactions totaled $16 million.

Purchasing affects virtually every activity at Rensselaer, obtaining supplies, equipment, and services to maintain facilities and support construction, research, athletics, and other campus programs. Volumes have increased significantly in recent years to support The Rensselaer Plan.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 10, June 6, 2008
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